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3270 Host Connection Program 2.1 and 1.3.3 for AIX: Guide and Reference

HCON Utility Program Overview

The utility program is a menu-driven interface for customizing portions of HCON and running needed HCON programs. The utility program uses several types of keys and fields to perform its functions. The Main Menus figure shows the HCON utility program menu options for customization, file transfers, and logging on and off.

The utility program is started from the command line with the hconutil command, from within the display using the HCONUTIL key, or from the menu bar option. The utility program uses the messages interface to display in the user's default national language.

Customizing HCON with the Utility Program

The utility program color and keyboard customization enables system management personnel to define the keyboard and color tables for the entire system. With the utility program you can tailor these tables.

You can create customized tables to override system defaults, name the tables with any valid file name, and store the tables in any directory. The color and keyboard tables to be used for a particular session are determined by the profile for that session. If the customization is done from within the emulator using the HCONUTIL key, the display attributes can be accessed without ending the session.

Note: To convert tables from Version 1.1 of HCON to the new format, see "Customizing HCON for System Management"

The utility customization menus include:

Color redefinition Specifies the attributes to display for each 3270 field on the screen. The color is based on the value of the host color and highlighting. For each field, a foreground and background color, and display attribute value must be selected. Using color customization you can:
  • Change the background and foreground colors of the status line (of a color terminal).
  • Set 3270 unprotected normal fields to blink (if blink is supported on your terminal). For more information on 3270 highlighting and blink attributes, see "Displayable 3270 Attributes".

The following Color Redefinition Menus figure shows the color definition options.

Keyboard redefinition Specifies the keyboard mappings to be used when running a display session. These keyboard mappings are independent of the type of keyboard in use on the local system. Keyboard redefinition assigns a function/key value to every supported key selectable on any supported keyboard. The defined keys not supported on a particular keyboard are ignored for that keyboard. Using keyboard redefinition you can set keys or a key sequence to:
  • Delete words when editing a host file.
  • Perform no function on the host.
  • Produce a superscript or subscript on the host.
  • Produce a character such as a (c cedilla) or (umlaut) on the host.

The Keyboard Redefinition Menus figure shows the keyboard definition options.

For more information about customization, see:

File Transfers with the Utility Program

File transfers with the utility program are explicit file transfer requests from a menu-driven interface. Upload or download files to either a VM/CMS, MVS/TSO, CICS/VS, or VSE/ESA host. Enter the required file transfer information from the transfer menu screen. The Explicit File Transfer Menus figure shows the explicit file transfer options.

For more information about file transfers, see:

Logging On and Logging Off Support Using a Predefined Script

Using the AUTOLOG facility, the utility program logs on to and off of currently running HCON sessions. The Logon/Logoff and Genprof Menus figure shows the logon and logoff options.

The AUTOLOG scripts portion of the utility runs the genprof command to add, modify, or display AUTOLOG scripts.

For more information about logging on to and off of a display session, see:


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